Wacom Bamboo Fun Digital Pen Tablet Review

altaltThe mouse has become the standard method of navigating graphical user interfaces, but it leaves something to be desired when you want more free-form control of your cursor. The pen tablet provides the the control that a regular mouse lacks. The Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet is meant to be an introductory foray into the world of pen tablets, featuring a 5.8" x 3.7" active area, 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, battery-less pen and mouse, 4 function buttons and a scroll pad. In this article Benchmark Reviews will test how well the Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet CTE450K holds up in Photoshop Elements.

Wacom Bamboo Fun Digital Pen Tablet Review

Panasonic UJ-875A Slim Optical Drive

altBenchmark Reviews recently reviewed the SilverStone SUGO SST-SG06B Case, and supplied with that product was the SST-SOD01 kit. As was mentioned in that review, the case supports only slim optical drives. The SST-SOD01 slim drive kit we received is actually the Panasonic UJ-875A Slim Optical Drive manufactured for SilverStone. Since many of you will undoubtedly be looking to purchase the SUGO SG06 case or another small form factor case, you will need a slim optical drive. Benchmark Reviews offers for your consideration the Panasonic UJ-875A 8X DVD +/- RW Slot Loading Slim Optical Drive with SATA interface and DVD-Burner capabilities.

Panasonic UJ-875A Slim Optical Drive

Corsair® Launches 256GB Extreme Series SSD

altFREMONT, Calif., Aug. 24, 2009  — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced a new, high-capacity 256GB addition to its high-performance Extreme Series SSD family.

Built using the renowned Indilinx Barefoot controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash memory, the new Corsair Extreme Series X256 SSD combines high-performance with a massive 256GB of storage space, for enthusiasts who don't want to compromise on speed or capacity. The new Corsair Extreme Series X256 joins the existing models, the X32, X64 and X128, and offers read speeds of up to 240MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s. It also features 64MB of cache memory, ensuring stutter-free performance.

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Cooler Master SNA 95 Universal Power Adapter

altThe purpose is simple: offer a universal notebook adapter with widespread compatability with nearly all notebook computers in use today. It's the sort of product that fits in nicely on store shelves at your local electronics store or computer repair shop. The Cooler Master SNA 95, which stands for Slim Notebook Adapter and totals 95W of nominal output power, includes everything needed inside one small kit. The RP-095-D19A-A1 model comes with eight different charger tips to ensure compatability with the majority of popular laptop systems, and a 1A USB port to rapid-charge connected devices. Benchmark Reviews details the features and functionality behind the Cooler Master SNA 95 universal slim notebook adapter.

Cooler Master SNA 95 Universal Power Adapter

QNAP TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS Review

alt"The QNAP TS-439 has a lot of great features going for it. For a 4 drive NAS device which really is a computer optimized for storage purposes, it doesn't have a huge footprint. The black front with gun metal aluminum chassis gives it a very sleek and professional look, definitely meant for the office or a network, tucked away in a network cabinet. Unlike the TS-809 Pro that I reviewed earlier, the TS-439 comes complete with eSATA ports to increase your capacity by an additional 2 drives."

QNAP TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS Review

Origen AE M10

altOrigen AE has taken their legendary construction quality down to a mini ITX platform with their newest HTPC chassis - the M10. It is made of two thick pieces of aluminum and features an external, passive 150W power brick - two aspects you won't get anywhere else. But is this enough to justify the 400 Euro price tag?


Origen AE M10 Review

Corsair P64 SSD RAID Set P64-RAID-PK1 Review

altEnthusiasts are no stranger to RAID arrays. While server administrators depend on the redundancy of RAID-1 and other safe multi-drive configurations, performance enthusiasts are willing to risk it all for the promise of twice the normal performance from a striped RAID-0 array. To enjoy the added speed there must be two identical drives to which the data can split and write to each drive in stripes. Solid State Drive products already come at a premium over their hard drive counterparts, and most enthusiasts save up for just one SSD to help launch their computer system into hyper-speed. For the first time, SSDs are available in a twin-pack set, as Benchmark Reviews tests the Corsair P64 RAID PK1 kit. This SSD set includes two Corsair P64 64GB MLC drives, each with the part number CMFSSD-64GBG2D.

Corsair P64 SSD RAID Set P64-RAID-PK1 Review


Lian Li PC-B25F All Aluminum Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews

When presented with a chassis like Lian Li's PC-B25F, it is very hard not to heap praise on it like a smitten middle school girl. There is, nevertheless, a hell of a lot to recommend this case. It looks good, has a fabulous feature set with many excellent tool-free elements and top shelf cooling. What more do you want?"

Lian Li PC-B25F All Aluminum Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews

Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser Microphone

"Given the chance to play in a professional environment, I was quite impressed with the Samson C01U USB studio condenser microphone. As a desktop microphone, it is definitely overkill – like using a Peterbilt to go grocery shopping. But give it more demanding tasks, such as audio reproduction, broadcasting, and such, the true power of the C01U can shine through." More from Bigbruin...

Review of the Nexus FLC-3000 Heatsink at TestSeek.com

"Perhaps the most eye catching feature of the FLC-3000, at least compared to the LOW- 7000, is the 30 degree angle of the heatsink itself, it really looks strange to the eye at first. However, it’s clear that the heatsink is suitable for cases of small dimensions, the size of the fins clearly suggests this and the height of 119mm is not that much compared to other heatsinks in the same category..." More from TestSeek.com...

Razer Arctosa USB Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews

"The Arctosa Gaming Keyboard is one of Razer's entry-level enthusiast peripherals to help gamers get into the world of high-end keyboards.  It is a keyboard with many of the advanced features that you expect on a gaming keyboard, but with a price that wont break the bank.  With such features as fully programmable macro keys and anti-ghosting technology, just to name a few. Benchmark Reviews is here to test this keyboard and its many features to discover whether it lives up to the Razer name, or if it is just another regular old keyboard with some fancy logos and shiny buttons on it."

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Corsair® Launches Full Range of DDR3 Memory for CoreTM i5 and CoreTM i7 Lynnfield Processors

logo [news]"FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 21, 2009 — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced that is has launched a full range of dual-channel performance DDR3 memory products, designed for Intel Core i5-750, Core i7-870, and Core i7-860 “Lynnfield” processors." More from Corsair...

Review of the Gigabyte GTX 285 2GB OC Graphics Card2000 at TestSeek.com

gtx-01-300x225 [news]"Without a doubt, the Gigabyte GV-N285OC-2GI is the most powerful graphics card we’ve tested. The results speak for themselves. The card is well made, although we’d still like to see customized cooling. But we felt that the implementation of Ultra Durable VGA made up for not having something better than a reference cooling system..." More from TestSeek.com...

Kingston SSDNow V Series 128GB Solid State Drive

345"The V in Kingston's SSDNow V Series 128GB solid state drive stands for value, and that is definitely what it offers when compared to other solid state drives. Checking Newegg.com finds that the desktop kit including this drive is $239.99 with free shipping, making it the cheapest of the twenty six 128GB drives they list, and $25 less than the closest competitor's drive." More from Bigbruin...

Tuniq TX-3 Thermal Compound Review at Overclockers Online

3224"Tuniq has presented some very impressive features that rival other leader manufacturers. With extreme performance, alongside being non-electrically conductive, it's hard to refuse such an amazing thermal compound. The only things holding this back from being the perfect thermal compound is it's extremely difficult to spread." More from Overclockers Online...

NZXT Sentry 2 LCD Touchscreen Fan Controller @ Benchmark Reviews

NZXT_Sentry_2_Touchscreen_Fan_Controller [news]"Benchmark Reviews has the pleasure of testing NZXT's newest fan control: the Sentry 2 Touchscreen Fan Controller. A step up from the Sentry 1 and a worthy stable mate for the Sentry LX. The Sentry 2 is a different approach to the same problem. A more elegant solution to a problem that has plagued computer enthusiasts since their earliest days; fan noise. With it's touchscreen controls it's a definite step in the right direction above and beyond it's predecessor the Sentry 1, the Sentry 2 is simplicity itself.

Taking up only half the space of the Sentry LX you might think the NZXT Sentry 2 has only half the features or capabilities but you'd be wrong. Gone are the buttons bells and whistles but what's left is the best of the LX with a touchscreen to make those core features even better and easier to use with some added benefits as well."

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